Hon. Ruth E. Smith See Rating Details

Criminal Court
Kings (Brooklyn) County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.9 - 6 rating(s)
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General Rating Criteria

* Temperament (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Scholarship (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Industriousness (1=Not at all industrious,10=Highly industrious)
* Ability to Handle Complex Litigation (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Punctuality (1=Chronically Late,10=Always on Time)
* General Ability to Handle Pre-Trial Matters (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
* General Ability as a Trial Judge (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
Flexibility In Scheduling (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)

Criminal Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Plea Discussions (1=Not at all Involved, 10=Very Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Pretrial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Trial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Sentencing Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)

Civil Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation (1=Not at all Evenhanded,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Involvement in Settlement Discussions (1=Not at all Involved,10=Very Involved)
General Inclination (1=Pro-defendant, 10=Pro-plaintiff)

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What others have said about Hon. Ruth E. Smith



Comment #: NY3491
Rating:Not Rated
Not a good judge. Really. Watch it around her. There is the always present element of her racism, as she necessarily sees race as an element in most everything. She masks it well but on that unguarded occasion, it seeps out. Perhaps that is the reason she is so biased toward the defendant and will make it very difficult for the prosecution (which is healthy only if it is legitimate). She needs to go or transfer to civil.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY1603
Fair to both sides. Very formal but well appreciated given the continued relaxation of courts in general.


Comment #: NY868
Being fair to defendants, especially those who are marginalized and/or indigent, is one thing and it is honorable. Blatantly skewing the entire process of criminal litigation is something else altogether.

Judge Smith . . . well, if you've ever appeared before Judge Smith, you don't need to read what I have to say. Suffice it to say, though, that I would never support Judge Smith's reappointment.


Comment #: NY742
Rating:Not Rated
Hostile, condescending, and extremely smug. Nakedly pro-defense.


Comment #: NY560
Pro-defense. Will actively work to complicate the prosecution, force lowball plea offers, charge 30.30 time to ensure defense benefit. She is an activist judge who uses her position to force the D.A. to jump through all hoops to get a case to trial, and to conviction.


Comment #: NY341
Very pro-defense. Be prepared to get an acquittal as soon as the case is assigned to Smith.